ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, Oct. 11, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - X-Terra Resources Inc. (TSXV: XTT) (FRANKFURT: XTR) is pleased to announce that it has completed its first stripping and trenching program at the Grog and Northwest properties, both located in the Restigouche county in the province of New Brunswick.
The program was initiated on the Grog property to follow up and explore the high priority chargeability anomalies over two distinct trends, both measuring over 9 kilometres following the McKenzie regional strike slip fault (See X-Terra Resources' press release dated July 24, 2019).
The geology of the area is known only from regional mapping and is composed of sediment domains of the Appalachian fold and thrust belt. The X-Terra Resources exploration team focused on defining a pluri-kilometric dyke swarm associated with feldspathic and argillic alteration halos, pyritization and open space quartz veining and breccia.
The new discovery, the Bellevue showing, returned a gold value of 2.24 g/t from a 1 metre chip sample. The result was obtained from trenching at a depth of approximately 2 metres in a weathered and oxidized bedrock. Given the concealed nature of this oxidized bedrock, the team decided to restrict the size of the trench until results were obtained. Given that positive results have now been achieved, the Corporation can now move forward with the following stripping program slated to debut shortly, in order to properly evaluate the thickness, length and orientation of the mineralized structure.
The new sampling area is located at 1.3 kilometres southwest of Grog gold showing (See X-Terra Resources' press release dated July 24, 2019) cross cutting a north-east magnetic lineament which correlates with Grog. A historical boulder result had already indicated the possibility to find gold in the area. To date, conglomerate facies and open space veining observed in the trench are similar with those of Grog.
Michael Ferreira, President and CEO of X-Terra Resources states "This was an important step, as it demonstrates the probability of identifying the bedrock source of additional gold showings in the Grog property environment where the bedrock almost never outcrops. While the exact geometry and extension of the Bellevue gold showing remains unknown, the geological team took note of an important trend of arsenic and antimony towards Grog. An extensive follow up will be executed based on soil geochemistry and trenching to generate additional drill targets moving forward. It is also important to highlight, given gold anomalies up to 0.3 g/t Au further north, like on IP line L44, and 3.7 kilometres south of Grog on IP line L7, we now have a 6 kilometres strike length of confirmed gold mineralization in three prospects including that of Grog."
The trenching program realized followed the recent 57 kilometres IP survey recently done on the Grog property (see X-Terra Resources' press release dated July 24, 2019):
- Total of 11 trenches were completed, measuring from 10 metres all the way up to 230 metres in length;
- A geological mapping in addition to structural mapping was completed in all trenches; and
- X-Terra Resources also collected more than 200 chip samples directly from the trenches, more than 80 float samples, five till samples and two stream sediment samples.
After compiling all the data from the samples and trenches, X-Terra Resources has taken notice of the distinct trends of arsenic and antimony anomalies as they are correlated with gold values. In addition, X-Terra Resources is evaluating the epithermal model at Grog, it will continue using this geological model in order to plan and direct the following exploration programs, which will be concentrated on the characterisation and mapping of alterations, including the antimony-arsenic anomalies that will be identified by geochemistry to ultimately define new drilling targets.
A preliminary petrographic study and minerals identification is ongoing. Results are expected in the coming weeks and will be published thereafter. In the meantime, X-Terra Resources is now planning the following steps, which includes additional stripping and trenching over Bellevue to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying system, in addition to a geochemical sampling program and detailed airborne geophysical magnetic survey.
Trench sampling was obtained by collecting manually the broken bedrock at the bottom of the trenches at an approximate depth varying between 1 metre and 2 metres. Samples covered a horizontal length of 1 metre in favorable geology contexts. The surrounding environment was covered with 5 or 10 metres samples. Samples position were measured with a tape.
Samples were sent to AGAT Laboratories where they were dried and crushed to 75% passing 10 mesh (2mm) (Code 200001), split to 250g and pulverized to 85% passing 200 mesh (75μm). Samples are then analyzed with Sodium Peroxide Fusion method (Code 201 378) with ICP-OES and ICP-MS Finish (per sample). They are also analyzed for Gold by Fire Assay with ICP-OES (30g) (Code 202052).
Jeannot Théberge, P. Geo registered in the Provinces of Québec and New-Brunswick, a consultant to X-Terra Resources, a qualified person under National Instrument 43‑101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") has reviewed the technical contents of this news release, and has approved the disclosure of the technical information contained herein.
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X-Terra Resources is a resource company focused on acquiring and exploring precious metals and energy properties in Canada.
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